Mall Talk with Paige Weldon and Emily...

Comedians Paige Weldon and Emily Faye don’t think hanging out at the mall should stop in adulthood. Join them and a guest each episode as they discuss mall memories from their youth, current day mall-going habits, and classic stores like Spencer’s, Wet Seal, and PacSun.

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Photo by Mandee Johnson Photography @mandeephoto

Anthropologie w/ Emily & Paige
This week, it’s just your hosts Paige and Emily, and it's the final episode of Mall Talk. We talk about our dinner at mom's paradise Bar Verde, and cover a giant store that just couldn’t be skipped. It’s loomed large over the past 3 1/2 years, but it’s never truly had its moment in the sun: Anthropologie. Plus, some last, reflective listener questions, and our finalized personal desert islands.
129 min
Bath & Body Works w/ Lindsay Adams
Returning guest Lindsay Adams (Snack Time podcast) zooms in to talk AMC private screenings and Coke Freestyle machines, World Market clothes, Sephora lip plumpers, and of course — wanting to eat all the products at Bath & Body Works. Plus a special Bath & Body Works segment and some airport talk.
97 min
Crocs w/ Chinedu Unaka
Chinedu Unaka joins us this week to kick off the new year by talking about his action-filled latest mall trip, seeing his first movies at the Del Amo Fashion Center, and working at babyGap in high school. Plus, we discuss the the foam icon, the star, the moment: Crocs.
90 min
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory w/ Scott Gairdner
Scott Gairdner of Podcast: The Ride joins us to close out the malliday season! We talk about his son’s first mall Santa pic, a recent celeb sighting at the Puente Hills Mall, going to Topanga Plaza as a kid, and why he and his wife seek out Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory wherever they go (hint: it’s not the chocolate). Plus this year's edition of The Price Is No Object: Roger's Gardens Christmas.
105 min
[Patreon Plaza Preview] See's-ons Greetings wit...
A clip from last week's Patreon Plaza episode "See's-ons Greetings with Felicia Folkes" in which we catch up and try some See's Christmas treats with the guest from our original See's Candies episode, Felicia Folkes.
13 min
American Apparel w/ Clare O'Kane
Clare O'Kane joins us on the pod to talk missing malls now that she lives in New York, how to be in a relationship where only one person has AMC Stubs A-List, the Valley Fair & Great Malls in San Jose, and the complicated cultural artifact that is American Apparel. Plus, Paige and Emily's visit with Burbank Santa and a game of Snowy Island.
86 min
Kay Jewelers w/ Ellie McElvain
Ellie McElvain (What’s Your Favorite Taylor Swift Song?) joins us to talk about tall socks and loose jeans, watching Love Actually at the Americana AMC, blue cheese-crusted steaks, Brookstone massage chairs, and a harrowing middle school tale centered on a rumor about Kay Jewelers.
83 min
LOFT w/ Amy Silverberg
The Malliday season is officially upon us and we're kicking it off by welcoming past guest Amy Silverberg back to the pod for a Hanukkah hoedown. We catch up on everyone's latest mall trips from The Grove to Texas to Seattle, jeans, dogs, cats, food poisoning, and of course, LOFT. Plus, a Hanukkah edition of Name That Store and some listener questions.
91 min
UNLOCKED! Patreon Plaza: Bye, Birches
The latest Patreon Plaza episode UNLOCKED! Topics include Paige's visit to Spokane, Emily's sock journey and fall mall news including a talking Christmas tree in Nova Scotia, an aquarium in an old Sears, a Squid Game promo, and more.
69 min
GUESS w/ Bianca Cristovao
Bianca Cristovao joins us this week to talk ROW DTLA, her teenage mall in Prague and the concerts they had there, new stores in old buildings, which American fast food chain is better in Europe, and the once-cool now-uncool GUESS. Plus, an abundance of mall trips from this week and Desert Island.
72 min
Vans w/ Chris Thayer
Chris Thayer joins us to talk trying the lime lemonade from Hot Dog on a Stick, going to the Redlands Mall with his grandpa as a kid, loitering as a teen at Sunland Park Mall, and learning that Hot Topic was for posers at the Tuscon Mall. Plus all things Vans and another round of Who Wants to Be a Mall-ionaire!
93 min
Free People w/ Dana Donnelly
Dana Donnelly joins us to talk about the business of buying and returning, Betsey Johnson, eating paninis at the Stanford Shopping Center, her short-lived career with the Gap corporation and finally, the trend-resistant and bafflingly proportioned lace & crochet world of Free People.
75 min
Spirit Halloween w/ Emily & Paige
In a very special Malloween week episode, Paige and Emily discuss all things Spirit Halloween, including their field research from Glendale’s 2021 Spirit location in a former Sears, lore found on the Spirit Wikia, and competitors like Aahs! and Party City. Plus a little on CityWalk, Roger’s Gardens, and the AMC Burbank Town Center 6. Also, as promised, answers to the last of this season’s Malloween listener questions.
104 min
Fossil w/ M.K. Paulsen
M.K. Paulsen joins us to talk fall at the malls, nachos at the movies, driving to Ridgmar Mall and Hulen Mall in Fort Worth, TX as a teen, and the time he was in a Toni and Guy fashion show. Plus, how Fossil sparked his dream of becoming a teen model, Fossil watches, and this year’s Halloween Mall Libs.
95 min
francesca's w/ Rachele Friedland
Rachele Friedland joins us to talk trash cans and blackout curtains at Bed Bath & Beyond, talking trees at South Coast Plaza, her time working on Second Street in Belmont Shore, and of course, all things francesca’s from chunky plastic necklaces to bachelorette party flasks to mugs for your mom. Also, Malloween month continues with another round of The Price is No Object: Roger’s Gardens edition.
106 min
Bed Bath & Beyond w/ Subhah Agarwal
Subhah Agarwal joins us to talk Cake Boss vending machines, buying things just to return them, working at Hollister at Hawthorn Mall in Illinois and the flagship Apple Store in New York, making trips to Woodfield Mall for Black Friday, and finally, all things Bed Bath & Beyond. Plus our first Malloween listener question of the season!
89 min
[Patreon Plaza Preview] The Big See's Candies M...
A clip from last week's Patreon Plaza episode "The Big See's Candies Malloween Kickoff" in which we try some See's Candies Halloween treats in our continued celebration of See's 100th anniversary.
13 min
The Nature Company w/ Eliza Skinner
Eliza Skinner comes by to talk having revolving sushi at the Glendale Galleria, touching t-shirts at malls on the road, shopping at Up Against the Wall and eating free bagels at O’Brienstein’s at malls in Richmond, VA, and finally, learning to be a little scientist at The Nature Company.
97 min
GameWorks w/ Greg Santos
Greg Santos joins us to talk about grabbing a haircut and a coffee at Westfield Topanga, growing up going to Las Vegas malls like The Boulevard Mall and the Galleria at Sunset, being ahead of the tight jeans trend, the ultimate Gap backpack-based heist, the mystery of the ceiling at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and his halcyon days of having unlimited game credits at GameWorks.
84 min
Oakley w/ Jack Robichaud
Jack Robichaud joins us to talk about the various Burbank AMCs, a harrowing search for brown pants at the Beverly Center, causing trouble as a teen at Rockingham Mall in Salem, NH and of course, his youthful longing for a pair of Oakleys. Plus a listener question about mall bar crawls, which is a really hard phrase to say.
80 min
[Patreon Plaza Preview] Perfect & Powerful
A clip from last week's Patreon Plaza episode "Perfect & Powerful" in which we discuss the new AMC Theatres ad campaign starring Nicole Kidman, and what we would have done differently.
4 min
Patagonia w/ Kevin Camia
Kevin Camia joins us to talk searching for a new look, getting Oak Tree hammer pants and mock turtlenecks at Florin Mall in South Sacramento, and feeling connected to the earth through Patagonia vests.
81 min
Sharper Image w/ Wally Baram
Wally Baram zooms in to talk napping at the Americana, the stress vortex that is a mall parking garage, going to Garden State Plaza in New Jersey with her mom, and hating childhood birthday parties at Putting Edge in the Howard Hughes Center. Then we try to tell the difference between Sharper Image and Brookstone, and play a special Sharper Image-themed game. Also, Emily’s first visit to the Americana AMC!
95 min
Boarders w/ Cooper Lyden
Cooper Lyden joins us to talk skating in the parking lot of Westfield Topanga, traversing the bridge to Maggiano’s and SusieCakes at The Village, working seasonally at Charleys Philly Steaks, and finally, LA mall skate shop Boarders.
91 min
Tiffany & Co. w/ Sarah Squirm
Sarah Squirm joins us to talk Sticker Planet at the Grove Farmer’s Market, Long Island malls Roosevelt Field and Walt Whitman, and not being allowed to go in Hot Topic, have an American Girl doll, or eat at Rainforest Cafe. Plus all things Tiffany & Co. and a special Tiffany edition of The Price is No Object.
93 min
[Patreon Plaza Preview] Dinner & Dessert: Panda...
A clip from last week's Patreon Plaza episode "Dinner & Dessert: Panda Express Beyond Orange Chicken & Beignet Box" in which we discuss the sights and sounds of our trip to the Americana to try Beignet Box.
6 min
Barry’s Bootcamp w/ Kyle Mizono
Kyle Mizono (Truth Hounds podcast) joins us to talk about her love of shopping at the Americana and the Row, taking the bus by herself to the Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco, and everything from the Fuel Bar to the Red Room at Barry’s Bootcamp at the Beverly Center.
87 min
Dressbarn w/ Caleb Synan
Caleb Synan joins Paige and Emily to talk being a Target guy/Mossimo Man, growing up going to Georgia Square Mall in Athens, GA and Tanger Outlets in Commerce, and of course the extensive practical dress collection at Dressbarn. Also, the first ever Mall Talk vow AND the first ever edition of a new segment: Who Wants to Be a Mall-ionaire?
87 min
LensCrafters w/ Sam Wiles
Sam Wiles (Fight Island podcast) zooms in to talk AMC, going to the Americana and Galleria on his breaks from work, Westdale and Coral Ridge malls in Iowa, all things LensCrafters, and MORE!
83 min
Chico’s w/ Katy Fishell
This week Katy Fishell joins us to talk Burbank Town Center, the IKEA restaurant, mall makeovers gone wrong, Green Hills Mall in Nashville, TN aka the horny mall, Christie Cookies and Maggie Moo’s, Chico’s chunky jewelry and exceedingly long shirts, and finally, in a pretty cheugy move, we answer a listener question about what mall stores are most cheugy. Also, a little about Emily and Paige’s recent visit to Westfield Century City and even some talk about The Departed.
109 min
Hickory Farms w/ Kimberly Clark
The hilarious Kimberly Clark (They Ready on Netflix) joins us to talk Macy’s Backstage, celebrity licensing deals, Destiny USA (fka Carousel Center) in Syracuse, ShoppingTown mall, working at stores like Chappell’s, Structure and Sbarro, and finally, her love of all things Hickory Farms from a young age. Plus Paige’s return to Eataly, Emily’s newfound interest in Abercrombie and a listener question about sale items.
86 min
[Patreon Plaza Preview] Python Cara and Fashion...
A clip from last week's Patreon Plaza episode "Python Cara and Fashionutsa Holly" in which we discuss Cara, the 12-foot python who recently got loose from her enclosure at Blue Zoo inside the Mall of Louisiana.
6 min
PINK w/ Molly Kearney
Molly Kearney joins us to talk getting lost at Tower City in Cleveland, OH, carpooling to Crocker Park, being on the wall at the Westgate Mall Applebee’s, PINK, the era of ass writing, and MORE!
92 min
Ross Dress for Less w/ Andrew Caudill
Our pal Andrew Caudill joins us to talk the difference between malls and shopping centers, the history and future of Eagle Rock Plaza, going to movies and shopping for CDs at Madonna Plaza in San Luis Obispo, his mom’s years working at Mervyn’s and how that may have affected his current-day affinity for Kohl's and, finally, everyone’s favorite messy off-price bitch: Ross Dress For Less. Plus key copying, Starbucks Refreshers, the Madonna Inn, Hearst Castle, and another exciting round of Mall Rat-ergories.
100 min
Nordstrom Rack w/ Dave Merheje
Dave Merheje joins Emily and Paige to talk getting pretzels and sneaker cleaner at the Glendale Galleria, hanging out with friends and shopping with family at Devonshire Mall in Windsor, enjoying a hot fudge McFlurry at Eaton Centre in Toronto, and finding deals on clothes at Nordstrom Rack. Plus some Burbank airport talk, a listener question about kiosks and MORE!
92 min
Yankee Candle w/ Laura Peek
The hilarious Laura Peek joins us to talk Sephora points, Spider-Man romance, Nashville’s Opry Mills, the Opryland Resort hotel, and all things Yankee Candle. Plus swimsuit shopping, The Mall at Green Hills, and a special Yankee Candle-inspired segment.
94 min
Borders Part 2 w/ Chris Gethard
Chris Gethard (new special ‘Half My Life’ out now!) zooms in to talk about the mall-like energy of airport terminals, New Jersey malls including but not limited to Livingston Mall, Willowbrook Mall and The Short Hills Mall, and his time delivering Weird NJ magazine to bookstores like the late great Borders. Other topics include The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Mallrats, some NJ punk scene Hot Topic gossip, and what your family’s anchor store says about you.
80 min
Brandy Melville w/ Christine Medrano
This week Christine Medrano joins us to talk about her recent basketball cookie cake purchase at Mrs. Field’s, working at mall movie theaters in Canada and LA, going on shopping sprees and watching surprise fashion shows at Las Vegas malls, digging through food court trash for her retainer, and finally, all things Brandy Melville. We also cover Dippin’ Dots knock-off brand MiniMelts, Paige’s visit to the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, and Emily’s first movie back at AMC.
91 min
Gertrude Hawk Chocolates w/ Kate Peterman
Kate Peterman joins us live in studio to discuss the many bathroom options at the Americana at Brand, what the hell dry cleaning is, weekends looking at cute boys at Wyoming Valley Mall, family trips to King of Prussia Mall, and getting ice cream bars and Smidgens at regional favorite Gertrude Hawk Chocolates. Also, a listener question about the world of Rae Dunn ceramics!
91 min
Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America w/ Rach...
The hilarious Rachel Scanlon (Two Dykes and a Mic podcast) joins us to talk about growing up at the Mall of America, aka the biggest mall in the United States. We cover going to Camp Snoopy as a kid, hanging out at Hooters as a teen, hitting up Southdale Center for quick errands, working as a door guy at the mall comedy club, a big moment in an Aeropostale fitting room and of course, her time as a character performer at the amusement park in Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe.
93 min
ArcLight Cinemas w/ Kevin T. Porter
Kevin T. Porter (Good Christian Fun podcast) joins us to talk returning shoes at Westfield Santa Anita, going to the movies and working at Barnes & Noble at the Deerbrook Mall in Humble, Texas, all things ArcLight Cinemas in LA, what will be different at malls post-pandemic, and so much more!
110 min
M·A·C w/ Christina Catherine Martinez
This week Christina Catherine Martinez zooms in to discuss faint memories of Birds of Prey, her parents’ 70s Glendale Galleria love story, working at Brea Mall’s psychosexual nerve center aka the Nordstrom Espresso Bar, a formative petting zoo moment at Whittwood Mall and, finally, dashed dreams of becoming a cool MAC girl.
90 min
Polo Ralph Lauren w/ Tommy McNamara
Tommy McNamara (Stand By Your Band) joins us to talk about our new favorite Seattle-based bass player, buying a whole outfit at once at Uniqlo, loitering at the outdoor tables and attempting to see Saw II at Old Orchard in Skokie, IL, an unfortunate mishap involving an iPod Touch and Christmas shopping at Northbrook Court in Northbrook, IL, and going through a teenage grunge phase only to take a hard turn into exclusively wearing Polo Ralph Lauren. Also, another round of Mall Rat-ergories!
74 min
Tommy Bahama w/ Jon Gabrus
The hilarious Jon Gabrus (High & Mighty, Action Boyz) zooms in to talk about the big ArcLight and Pacific Theatres news, walking to the Grove for the movies and farmers market, spending hours at Long Island malls Sunrise and Roosevelt Field, and of course, embodying the lifestyle that is Tommy Bahama. We also finally get to the bottom of why mall parking lots always smell like piss.
105 min
[Patreon Plaza Preview] Courtney 1986 Book Club...
A clip from last week's Patreon Plaza episode "Courtney 1986 Book Club: Friendship Superhero" in which we recap the latest totally tubular and totally mall American Girl book Courtney: Friendship Superhero.
4 min
Aerie w/ Anna Hossnieh
Fellow Aerie-head Anna Hossnieh (Ethnically Ambiguous, Deckheads) joins us for the long-awaited Mall Talk Aerie episode! Will they finally sponsor us? TBD. But first, we discuss the Glendale Galleria, a perhaps mid-2000s Olsen twins accessory line, the value of just-in-case stores, a beautiful moment in a Johnny Rockets and Northern California malls including but not limited to Hilltop Mall, Sunvalley Mall, Westfield San Francisco Centre and Arden Fair in Sacramento. Also, another edition of Name That Store, more on Vans ComfyCush and the answer to a very important question: who is the king of Macy’s?
92 min
Afterthoughts w/ Erin Mallory Long
This week Emily and Paige are joined by Erin Mallory Long, who always goes into Macy’s and gets a lemonade at Hot Dog on a Stick if she’s at the Americana/Glendale Galleria. We cover the possibly haunted Rotterdam Square Mall in Rotterdam, NY, nearby Crossgates Mall and the concerted effort it took to get there, really living it up at the calendar kiosk, buying a hacky sack just because, missing out on a crucial 90s mall concert at Colonie Center and finally, figuring out how to be cool at Afterthoughts. Plus a listener question about mall store music and a quandary for the ages: are wrap dresses worth it?
89 min
AMC Theatres w/ Griffin Newman
Griffin Newman (Blank Check podcast) zooms in to talk missing out on the teenage mall experience in Manhattan, making up for it at Valencia Town Center in Valencia, CA for a brief period in college, an epic bicoastal Dave & Buster’s-based quest and finally, an escape to the magic of the movies as we cover all things AMC Theatres. Pre-roll videos with little red robots, the importance of recliner seating, AMC Stubs A-List, AMC Dine-In, the MacGuffins bar and so much more!
130 min
Downtown Locker Room w/ Opey Olagbaju
Opey Olagbaju joins us to talk Columbia Mall, Arundel Mills and Laurel Mall in Maryland, sneaking into movies that weren’t even that good, getting banned from the Apple Store, a “graffiti” incident at Hecht’s department store, waiting in line for Space Jam Jordans in 2009 and, of course, all things Downtown Locker Room. Plus, Emily reports from the Americana, Paige returns some shoes and we play the first ever edition of our new game segment, Mall Rat-ergories.
89 min
Crate & Barrel w/ Caitlin Peluffo
This week Paige and Emily welcome Caitlin Peluffo (Good Time Gal podcast, Colbert) to talk about looking for a boyfriend at Hillsdale mall in San Mateo, CA, getting Abercrombie on clearance and pairing it with a Costco cami, and the perfect holiday shopping destination for moms: Crate & Barrel. Plus another exciting round of Name That Store and some riveting Nordstrom Rack order pickup talk.
65 min
Coach w/ Miles Gray
Miles Gray (The Daily Zeitgeist) joins us to talk growing up on San Fernando Valley malls including but not limited to Sherman Oaks Fashion Square, Burbank Town Center (formerly Burbank Media City Center) and Fallbrook Center. Plus venturing to westside malls like Westfield Century City and the Beverly Center, sneaking into R-rated movies, experiencing the full spectrum of human emotion in the mall parking lot and finally, avoiding customers while working the floor at Coach.
89 min
Another Universe w/ Jason Sheridan
Jason Sheridan (Podcast: The Ride) joins us to talk about the Rainforest Cafe gift shop turned Star Wars Trading Post at Downtown Disney, his times singing Christmas carols and playing hide and seek at the mall as a kid, the short-lived ill-conceived Six Flags Rollercoaster Cuts and finally, Another Universe - a now-defunct themed mall comic book store where there was once an X-Men wedding. Malls discussed include Granite Run Mall in Media, PA, Concord Mall in Wilmington, DE, King of Prussia Mall, Burbank Town Center and the Philadelphia airport. Also, a listener question about skipping school, which we would never do.
100 min
Buckle w/ Caleb Hearon
This week Paige and Emily talk to the hilarious Caleb Hearon about Hollister and Lucky You colognes, Facebook marketplace-based friendships, driving to Independence Center in Independence, MO as a right of passage, and the joys of meeting your mom at a mall between towns. Plus all things Buckle including but not limited to the Buckle Challenge, Buckle families, Buckle kids, Buckle Primo Cards and Buckle vs The Buckle. Also, a truly unique use of Lids custom embroidery.
74 min
FYE w/ Martin Urbano
Martin Urbano (Kimmel, Who Wants $2.69?) joins the pod to talk shopping the Macy’s clearance rack, committing a Yu-Gi-Oh!-based crime in a Waldenbooks, losing interest once a mall gets rid of its bookstore and more at Sunrise Mall in Brownsville, Texas, the Rivercenter in San Antonio, and the Galleria in Houston. Plus all things FYE, the ultimate store For Your Entertainment.
77 min
Aéropostale w/ Sydnee Washington
The hilarious Sydnee Washington (Unofficial Expert, Hobby Hunter) zooms in to talk Manhattan Mall in New York, Auburn Mall in Massachusetts, working at Victoria's Secret, getting Steve Madden cowboy boots at Macy’s, and learning what not to wear aka the whole catalog at Aéropostale. Plus a Valentine’s edition of Name That Store and some IKEA meatball talk.
65 min
GameStop w/ Brodie Reed
Brodie Reed joins us to talk about Lawndale Mall, Fox Hills Mall, Guitar Center, Best Buy, the golden age of gauges, malls as the perfect setting for any genre, and finally, the “successful years” of GameStop and its surprising offerings today. Plus a Forever 21 update, unreasonably expensive containers, and Emily’s exciting new Home Good.
76 min
Things Remembered w/ Samantha Ruddy
This week Emily and Paige talk to Samantha Ruddy (Colbert, Full Frontal) about a harrowing journey to a cookie cake, her numerous run-ins with the cast of The Office as a Scranton, PA teen, the different vibes of Steamtown Mall and Viewmont Mall, and of course, the most iconic mall engraving kiosk/store of them all, Things Remembered. Also, why we think the Americana at Brand instagram page is flirting with us.
73 min
Madewell w/ Richelle Meiss
Richelle Meiss (Walk You Out podcast) zooms in to talk walking to the Grove for mall dates, shopping the J.Crew sale rack and studying in the Barnes & Noble at Scottsdale Fashion Square and Kierland Commons in her teens, and finally, the many boxy crop tees, shift dresses and monogrammed leather goods available at Madewell. We also discuss some recent online shopping ventures, the now-open Target husk, and a listener question about mall bathrooms.
100 min
The Apple Store Part 2 w/ Logan Guntzelman
Actual Valley girl Logan Guntzelman (The Movie Show, Comedy Central) joins us to talk outdoor Cheesecake Factory booths, malls with good coffee shops, the origin of her fear of escalators, getting grounded for buying jeans at JCPenney and, finally, her time working at the Apple Store in the Beverly Center and Pasadena, respectively. Plus a Wetzel's Pretzels update and another thrilling edition of Name That Store.
105 min
The Container Store w/ Mike Carlson
Mike Carlson (Podcast: The Ride) joins us to talk Universal City Walk and the confirmed rumors of Dr. Toothsome’s Chocolate Emporium, Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL and its experimental bouts with Mickey’s Kitchen and Mars 2112, and finally, Mike’s years working at The Container Store including the time he met Garrett of the famous founders Kip and Garrett. Plus the first Desert Island of 2021, Emily’s takeout from the Cheesecake Factory, and Paige’s experience with the latest edition of Mall Madness.
98 min
Steve Madden w/ Baron Vaughn
In our final episode of the malliday season, Baron Vaughn zooms in to talk Las Vegas malls and Steve Madden dress shoes. We cover animatronics shows, indoor fountains, casino arcades, casino movie theaters, working at Sam Goody in the age of Dido, Steve Madden's son Stevie Madden and lots more. Plus, a special Roger's Gardens Christmas edition of The Price is No Object.
84 min
Toys “R” Us w/ Adam Conover
Adam Conover (Adam Ruins Everything, The Crystal Maze) joins us to talk about getting meatball subs, warheads and shiny shirts at Smith Haven Mall on Long Island. Plus all things Toys “R” Us including the insanity of Nickelodeon’s Super Toy Run, the various iterations of Geoffrey the Giraffe and whether kids really write their R’s backwards. Also, we declare the best corporate birthday deal in the game and play a special Hanukkah edition of Mall Libs.
82 min
[Patreon Plaza Preview] Mensch Bulldog
In this segment from today's Patreon Plaza episode, "Mensch Bulldog", we finally reveal our true feelings about the minions. Every week on the patreon we talk about the mall ETC. This is some of that etc.
2 min
Zumiez w/ Emil Wakim
Emil Wakim joins the pod to talk about getting dropped off at the mall for dates as a teen, dressing to impress the employees at Zumiez, and why you should never go clothes shopping with a fresh haircut. Plus some recent online shopping deals and a special holiday edition of Desert Island (aka Iceberg Island).
79 min
Teavana w/ Brandie Posey
Brandie Posey (Lady to Lady podcast) zooms in to talk working as the Easter bunny at Eagle Rock Plaza, loitering on the stairs at Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie, MD and getting as many free samples as possible at the Teavana in Annapolis Mall. Also, we answer a listener question about mall music!
88 min
J.Crew w/ Chris Fleming
The hilarious Chris Fleming joins Emily and Paige to talk Westfield Century City, FriYAY socks and the ways in which Solomon Pond Mall pales in comparison to the Natick Collection. Plus skipping school to get Cinnabon, seeing Crossroads with a crush, receiving J.Crew gifts from mom, and discovering our new favorite Blogspot blog.
94 min
Payless w/ Marcella Arguello
Marcella Arguello (The Woke Bully, Everything’s Fine) zooms in to talk Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto, CA, her summer working at Forever 21, and making Payless ShoeSource your go-to for cute affordable shoes. Plus we discuss Billie Eilish’s new music video shot at the Glendale Galleria and Paige’s quick visit to the Americana.
77 min
Nike w/ Adam Lustick
Emily and Paige are joined by Adam Lustick (Corporate, No Joke podcast) to talk about his time working as a singing telegram at various mall-restaurant-based parties, falling asleep at the after prom at the mall movie theater and laughing just a little too hard in a screening of Dumb & Dumber. Plus an update on the famous pomegranate Illuminations candle from last week’s episode and another exciting game of Name That Store.
88 min
Illuminations w/ Katy French
Katy French joins Paige and Emily to talk about working at Godiva at the Brea Mall, waiting on Celine Dion at Downtown Disney and creating the perfect Moulin Rouge prom look from the JCPenney sleepwear section. Plus we learn about the glory days of candle store Illuminations and have a potential revelation about their signature pomegranate scent.
84 min
Suncoast Motion Picture Company w/ Daniel Webb
Daniel Webb zooms in to the pod to talk Addams Family VHS tapes at Suncoast Motion Picture Company, Lucille Ball kiosk portraits at Mall of America, and McDonald’s hot fudge sundaes – no nuts – at the North Hills Mall in Dallas-Fort Worth. Plus an update on the Wetzel’s Pretzels saga, Emily’s trip to Roger’s Gardens and a special Mall-oween edition of Mall Libs.
105 min
RadioShack w/ Jared Logan
Jared Logan (Comedy Central, Stream of Blood on Twitch) joins us to talk about the movie event of 2019: The Good Liar, the oft-forgotten Interstellar fast pass and the grand opening of the Morgantown Mall in Morgantown, WV which blew the Mountaineer Mall out of the water. Plus, the many phases of RadioShack and a special Mall-oween edition of M.A.L.L. … oween.
95 min
GNC w/ Jay Jurden
Jay Jurden (Tonight Show, RearView podcast) zooms in to talk pre-workouts and Girl Scouts at GNC, performing at the flagship Bloomingdale's in New York, and hitting the food court between Abercrombie shifts at Northpark Mall in Ridgeland, MS. Plus, we learn about the now-discontinued supplement Jack3d and play a special Mall-oween edition of The Price is No Object.
97 min
Papyrus w/ Danny Jolles
Emily and Paige talk to Danny Jolles (Colbert, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) about all things Papyrus including paper art, elaborate greeting cards, music boxes, gift wrap and of course, going out of business. Plus Blockbuster in the era of no late fees, the key differences between Tysons Corner 1 and 2, and a listener question about signature drinks.
95 min
Saks OFF 5TH w/ Alison Leiby
Paige and Emily are joined by Alison Leiby (Ruined podcast, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) to talk indoor water features at Westfield Annapolis, slot machines at Arundel Mills, and off-price deals at Saks OFF 5TH.
81 min
New York & Company w/ Shalewa Sharpe
Shalewa Sharpe zooms in to talk Why We Buy and butt bumping zones, 80s malls and twister beads, working at the Gap but *not* Gap Kids, and finally, the many celeb collaborations and work wear options of the recently bankrupt New York & Company.
91 min
Journeys Part 2 w/ Diego Lopez
Diego Lopez (A Little Time podcast) joins Emily and Paige to talk about his very impressive and alligator-shaped hometown mall, Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Florida. Plus, working at and managing Journeys stores at two other Florida malls, ordering vegan soft pretzels in Jersey City, and recognizing the importance of exercise in a game of Desert Island.
83 min
Dick’s Sporting Goods w/ Halle Kiefer
Halle Kiefer (Ruined podcast) zooms in to talk Dick’s... Sporting Goods! We also discuss how much aunts and moms love Nordstrom restaurants, learn about the time Halle got lost at the mall on Earth Day, and finally, answer a listener question about a crucial part of the mall experience, parking.
76 min
Finish Line w/ Zach Pugh
Our pal Zach Pugh (What Things Are What Things podcast) joins the pod to talk mall movie theaters, basketball shorts and all our saddest public school teachers. We also learn what the Disney Store Game is and why Zach’s family only ever went to Red Robin once.
68 min
Williams Sonoma w/ Jackie Kashian
The wonderful Jackie Kashian joins Paige and Emily to talk Macy’s and massages at Westfield Fashion Square, Spencer’s and the movie theater at Southridge Mall in Greendale, WI, and finally, the many wonders of Williams Sonoma and its various novelty cake pans.
63 min
Round1 w/ Andrew Orolfo
Andrew Orolfo (Late Late Show, Jo Koy: In His Elements) zooms in to talk Sunvalley Mall in Concord, CA. Plus, skateboarding in parking lots, visiting a mega mall in the Philippines, bowling at the regularly-waxed lanes of Round1 and more.
71 min
Dave & Buster’s w/ Nick Wiger
Nick Wiger (Doughboys, How Did This Get Played?) joins the pod to talk Dave & Buster’s. We also discuss the many fine dining and shopping options at Lakewood Center in Lakewood, CA, the tense relationship between the Grove and Access Hollywood, and which celeb you just might find at an Orange Julius.
86 min
100th Episode! w/ Emily & Paige
It’s the 100th episode of Mall Talk!! To celebrate, we (your beloved hosts, Emily Faye and Paige Weldon) interview each other about our hometown malls, which both happen to be “Promenades.” We also talk Fashion Valley, Santa Monica Place, Horton Plaza, Ontario Mills and more. Plus a classic round of M.A.L.L.
114 min
True Religion w/ Madison Shepard
Madison Shepard joins the pod to talk about her time working at Burbank Town Center, the Americana and of course – the True Religion at the Beverly Center. We cover Busta Rhymes and his flip phone, Ruben Studdard and his free jeans, the founders of True Religion and their bad divorce, and how to have fun with Swedish. Plus another game of Oops! You Forgot Something in Your Shopping Cart.
76 min
Burberry w/ Dave Schilling
Dave Schilling (Full Court Chat podcast) joins Emily and Paige to talk Burberry at the Beverly Center, Abercrombie in Las Vegas, Hollister in Daly City, and Urban Outfitters on Melrose. We also learn some new British vocab words, find out whether Merced Mall really “has it all” and play another round of Name That Store.
81 min
Express w/ Tom Thakkar
Tom Thakkar zooms in to the pod to talk all things Express! Plus, an update on the Distroller USA instagram, when it’s reasonable to bring food into a movie theater, which candy bars deserve more attention, and what you should never say in a job interview.
90 min
Glamour Shots w/ Jasmine Ellis
Jasmine Ellis is not only a hilarious comedian, podcaster and cosmetics expert, but a former Storefront for Glamour Shots who zoomed in to the pod to share all the secrets of the trade. She shows us some glamour shots of her own, talks about going to The Domain when she’s home in Austin and malls in small towns on the road, and shares some celeb sightings from her tenure as a mall employee including Erykah Badu outside a Neiman Marcus and Bootsy Collins in the food court.
72 min
Hot Topic w/ Roz Drezfalez
Roz Drezfalez (Ghosted! By Roz Drezfalez) joins Paige and Emily to talk about basically the most iconic mall store of all time, Hot Topic. We cover AC/DC t-shirts, Nightmare Before Christmas school dances, goth golf looks, skelanimals, jelly bracelets, the Osbournes and so much more. We also find out who our emo boyfriends are, hear about Roz doing drag makeup on OC housewives at the Brea Macy’s, and wonder… is the founder of Spencer’s Jewish?
96 min
Wetzel's Pretzels w/ Yassir Lester
Yassir Lester zooms in to the pod to let us know that he loves the mall too! We talk walking around the Grove for exercise, navigating the impossible shape of the Beverly Center, some interesting choices behind Michael B. Jordan's Coach collection, and why all the pro wrestlers shop at Town Center Mall in Kennesaw, GA. Also, we all agree that Wetzel’s Pretzels is the best mall pretzel place, learn about the time they went head-to-head with Auntie Anne’s for Yassir’s affection on Twitter, then play another thrilling edition of Name That Store.
94 min
Cinnabon w/ Jesus Trejo
Jesus Trejo (‘Stay At Home Son’ on Showtime) joins Paige and Emily to talk about his love for mall snack staple Cinnabon. Plus tales of frequenting Long Beach Plaza and Del Amo mall, getting lost as a kid and inspiring his mom to become an inventor, and finally, the return of Desert Island.
70 min
Patreon Plaza: It's National Pretzel Day... in...
This is an unlocked episode we recorded and released exclusively on our Patreon May 1, 2020. We talk about National Pretzel Day in quarantine and the 1986 Twilight Zone episode ‘The After Hours’ which was filmed at the Glendale Galleria.
58 min
[Patreon Plaza Preview] Barbara Corcoran is a V...
In this segment from today's Patreon Plaza episode, 'Barbara Corcoran is a Virgin', we wonder: Do Renee and Don make it through quarantine? Who exactly ARE Renee and Don... and why chickens?
15 min
Torrid w/ Bri Pruett
Bri Pruett zooms in to the pod to talk Torrid, working at kiosks before she could drive, and Clackamas Town Center aka famed training grounds of Tonya Harding. Plus, a childhood birthday spent doing a scavenger hunt at the mall, a stint working at a smoothie place, and finally, our ideal first post-vaccine days back at the mall.
96 min
Barnes & Noble w/ Peter Kim
Emily and Paige are joined by the hilarious Peter Kim to talk about perhaps *the* most crucial mall store, Barnes & Noble. Plus how to test your mom’s new boyfriend at the mall, why the Americana is better than the Grove, and the horrors of working at Gap Kids. Also, an exciting round of Name That Store.
83 min
Orange Julius w/ Brad Silnutzer
Friend, fellow Westfield Century City enthusiast and Jersey boy Brad Silnutzer joins the pod to talk about Cherry Hill Mall aka the first climate controlled mall east of the Mississippi, Echelon Mall aka home of Exhilarama, and iconic mall staple Orange Julius aka the perfect teen date spot.
87 min
Blockbuster Music w/ Big Dipper
Paige and Emily are joined by Big Dipper (Sloppy Seconds podcast) to talk taking the bus to downtown Evanston’s Blockbuster Music, learning tricks at the magic store at Chicago’s Navy Pier, and wanting nothing more than to eat at the Olive Garden on the outskirts of the mall.
71 min
Strawberries w/ Josh Gondelman
Josh Gondelman (Desus & Mero, Make My Day podcast) joins Emily and Paige from quarantine in NYC to talk New Jersey outlet malls, New England strip malls, and a classic GNC sandwich board prank mix-up. Plus fond memories of shopping at the now-defunct and apparently mob-affiliated New England record store chain Strawberries. Or was it Coconuts? FOLLOW JOSH: FOLLOW MALL TALK: JOIN THE MALL TALK PATREON: BUY MALL TALK MERCH:
84 min
Sunglass Hut w/ Irene Tu
The hilarious Irene Tu joins Paige and Emily from quarantine to talk about her love for Sunglass Hut, how one of her first jokes took place at a Sbarro and which Gordon Ramsay show is the best. Plus a new isolation-insipred segment Uh Oh! You Forgot Something In Your Cart. FOLLOW IRENE: FOLLOW MALL TALK: BUY MALL TALK MERCH: MALL TALK IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST:
69 min
Marshall Field's w/ Ashley Hamilton
Friend, comedian and mall mouse Ashley Hamilton joins Paige and Emily (via Zoom meeting all the way from NYC) to talk about missing the malls and grocery stores of LA, braving the cold to shop at superior Chicago-area mall Old Orchard and how Macys ruined the Marshall Fields legacy. Plus a long tangent about Jessica Biels now-defunct childrens restaurant Au Fudge. THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY STITCH FIX! Save 25% on your first Stitch Fix box by visiting THIS EPISODE SPONSORED BY IMAGINED LIFE! A new podcast from Wondery. Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. FOLLOW ASHLEY: FOLLOW MALL TALK: JOIN THE MALL TALK PATREON: FOLLOW MALL TALK: BUY MALL TALK MERCH: MALL TALK IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST:
77 min
TJ Maxx w/ Eric Dadourian
All the way from a closet in Baltimore, Eric Dadourian (Nebraska 2 out now on AST Records!!) joins the pod at long last to talk wandering the aisles of the Eagle Rock Plaza Target, meeting Rick Wetzel of Wetzels Pretzels, and where to find the most beautiful Marshalls by the bay. Plus T-T-T-TJ Maxx, confirmation of the Ontario Mills silverware sculptures and another Mall Mouse question answered. THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY IMAGINED LIFE! Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. IMAGINED LIFE is a new podcast from Wondery. FOLLOW ERIC: FOLLOW MALL TALK: BUY MALL TALK MERCH: MALL TALK IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST:
67 min
abercrombie kids w/ Zach Noe Towers
Broadcasting live from their respective homes, Paige and Emily are joined by Zach Noe Towers (Dating #NoFilter, Killing Time podcast) to talk about his teen years working all over the St. Louis Galleria. From getting his workers permit at 15 and a half to work at GAP Men, to rigging the playlist at Hollister, to the shame of working at Abercrombie Kids, not Abercrombie & Fitch. Plus some questions from our Mall Mice, answered. FOLLOW ZACH: FOLLOW MALL TALK: BUY MALL TALK MERCH: MALL TALK IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST:
63 min